Grandfathers pp 165-181 | Cite as

Good Grandfathers Have a Partner

  • Knud KnudsenEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life book series (PSFL)


The study reported here shows that having a partner in one’s older years increases individual capacity for involvement with grandchildren, for grandfathers as well as grandmothers. Nevertheless, the relative advantage is most notable for grandfathers, and in this way they appear more dependent on having a partner at their side. However, since they often have a living spouse, they are typically still doing well. On a more general sociological level, the empirical pattern thus supports the idea that (older) men benefit more from the marriage institution or similar partnership arrangements than women do. In short: good grandfathers have a partner.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sociology (Emeritus)University of StavangerStavangerNorway

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